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US Navy spends millions to develop a solar-powered UAV

US Navy spends millions to develop a solar-powered UAV

Most branches of the United States military operate drones in one capacity or another. Some drones are used for short-term surveillance while others loiter over a target site for extended durations keeping an eye on the ground from above. The United States Navy is looking for an uncrewed air vehicle with a much longer duration than what's currently possible.

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Boeing simulation test uses unmanned drone to refuel jet during flight

Boeing simulation test uses unmanned drone to refuel jet during flight

Using the portable simulator E-2D from Northrup Grumman, Boeing and a team of experts demonstrated the manned-unmanned use of a drone to refill a fighter jet while in the sky. The effort involved "virtual carrier air wing teaming scenarios," according to Boeing, including the F/A-18 Super Hornet and the US Navy's MQ-255 Stingray unmanned aerial refueler.

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MQ-25 autonomous aircraft refuels another aircraft for the first time

MQ-25 autonomous aircraft refuels another aircraft for the first time

The United States Navy and Boeing have announced a first in aviation history. The Navy and Boeing have been testing MQ-25 unmanned aircraft known as the MQ-25 T1 test asset. In a recent test, the MQ-25 was able to perform aerial refueling of a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, demonstrating its aerial refueling mission for the first time.

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Lockheed Martin tapped to design large autonomous ships for US Navy

Lockheed Martin tapped to design large autonomous ships for US Navy

The United States Navy has tapped Lockheed Martin to study the potential for large autonomous ships that will be able to operate for long periods of time at sea without any human crew members. The company is now the main contractor behind the US Navy's Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) competition, joining multiple other companies in working toward the eventual development and launch of a large autonomous ship.

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Navy vessel USS Portland destroys a drone with a laser

Navy vessel USS Portland destroys a drone with a laser

The United States Navy recently conducted a test with a ship-board laser used to down a drone aircraft. The ship used was an amphibious transport dock ship called the USS Portland, and it successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle using a Solid State Laser. The test was conducted on May 16, using a weapon called the Laser Weapon System Demonstrator or LWSD.

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